This Week at the Movies (Apr. 3, 2020)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Apr. 3, 2020
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Reviews: First Cow (2020)

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Reviews: Run This Town (2020)

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Reviews: Vivarium (2020)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Lorcan Finnegan has come up with the creepiest story about parenting (along with screenwriter Garret Shanley) since David Lynch’s “Eraserhead.”… a surreal look at a literal daily grind
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: As a parable on suburbia, there isn’t much here you haven’t seen before, but it’s presented with skill from the cast and crew, a relentlessly oppressive atmosphere, an eye for striking visuals, and a level of viciousness that I can’t help but admire.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: While Contagion, Outbreak, and World War Z enjoy a mini-renaissance due to the world’s current viral fears, Vivarium may be the ultimate cabin fever horror as it preys on the audience’s tedium of social distancing.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: I have to give the filmmakers a ton of credit here because they walk themselves to a point of no return as far as where things are heading and they do not blink.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Classics & More on DVD (Mar. 31, 2020)

Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD.

Pre-2018 Film Reviews

Anna Karenina

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1935)

  • Excerpt: On the whole, this Anna Karenina truly stands as both a lavish film for the eyes and a moving tale of romance for the heart.

Bombshell

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1933)

The Gift

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews (2003) [Croatian]

Love

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews (1927)

  • Excerpt: Love, the silent adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, may not be faithful to the novel but with excellent performances from Greta Garbo and John Gilbert and a lush, romantic style, the end result is actually quite pleasing.

Teorema

Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour (1968) [Indonesian]

The Wicker Man

Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL (1973)

  • Excerpt: Besides being a memorable horror film, The Wicker Man is a marvelous time capsule of the 1970s.

From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 30, 2020)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #21: Comfort Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

You Finally Have Time for Ingmar Bergman!

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

  • Excerpt: Like many a Nordic drama of today, Bergman’s cinema depicts people living in remote locations. Often they live in fear of the world around them. Perfect for these angsty COVID-19 days.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: The world premiere of this powerful documentary was set for March 29 at the 18th annual Garden State Film Festival where the film won “Best Orchestration from a Documentary.” This festival is now virtual. The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter was set for March 29 (2020) at the 18th annual Garden State Film Festival where the film won “Best Orchestration from a Documentary.” This festival is now virtual

Awards Coverage

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This Week at the Movies (Mar. 27, 2020)

Here are some reviews of films coming out at the theater this week as well as others that may be in theaters or newly on home video.

Opening: Mar. 27, 2020
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Reviews: The Highwaymen (2019)

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  • [New] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: https://draxblog.com/2020/03/25/recenzija-the-highwaymen-2019/
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It is a quiet film, delving into the relationship of these two older men, teasing out one final detail about their relationship until a crucial moment, while also taking a hard look at the dubious American celebrity culture that thrived even back in 1934.
  • Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Too bad THE HIGHWAYMEN plods along with so many similar scenes one after another. Amusing banter between the co-stars helps move things along — but not enough to prevent the urge to nod off a bit.
  • Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film
    • Excerpt: The title suggests derring-do, when No Country For Grumpy Old Men would better set the mood.

Reviews: Blow the Man Down (2020)

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  • [New] | Chris Barsanti @
    • Excerpt: The film never veers into wink-wink self-consciousness that its opening might have suggested.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The way Mary Margaret’s old waders hold this little town’s history is an ingenious device and Harpswell, Maine, standing in for the fictional Easter Cove, couldn’t be more steeped in Downeast.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The filmmakers breathe new life into an otherwise familiar setup.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Quietly savage, weirdly funny, this feminist take on crime noir is ferocious in a way that only slowly reveals itself. Conflict and compassion wax and wane in a mystery that isn’t quite what it seems.
  • Charlie Juihl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: This Maine seaport set crime noir is far too linear and no-nonsense to spur much mystery. The biggest twist is there isn’t one.

Reviews: Bloodshot (2020)

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  • Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: derivative lump of lethargy that taints the thrill of the plot twist, and renders an action sequence in plummeting elevators dully predictable
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: The special effects are excellent and the action sequences are good with an original flavour due to their unique superhuman abilities, but tthe lack of emotion means it all could’ve been much better.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Incoherent action sequences and strained sci-fi woo-woo can’t save a clueless mashup of Robocop, The Matrix, and Captain America that makes a mockery of its protagonist. Deeply terrible.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: …relentlessly convoluted. The bio-engineered banality featured in Diesel’s vanity film project will make one’s weary eyes reflect this indulgent action thriller’s movie title.
  • [New] | Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: Bloodshot may be full of been-there-done-that, but it delivers exactly what it promises: a high-octane blast of popcorn cinema.

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